Wednesday, September 13, 2017

State Dept approves sale of Super Hornets to Canada...

via Defense News.
The Canadian government has yet to reach a final decision on whether to buy F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, but on Sept. 12 the U.S. State Department gave the green light for an eventual purchase of 18 jets.

Last November, the Canadian government announced that it would explore a potential interim buy of up to 18 Super Hornets, allowing the country to take more time to figure out whether to eventually purchase the F-35 joint strike fighter.

Since then, signals from Canada have been mixed. In May, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suspended talks with Boeing after the company lodged a trade dispute with Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier. Earlier this month, Reuters reported that Canada was considering buying used F-18s from Australia instead.
Story here. 

I have never seen State approve a sale and the country that is approved declined to buy the weapon systems.

Canada has been gyrating all over the place when it comes to the Super Hornet vs F-35 decision.  They have planes about to fall out the sky so my guess is that they're gonna try and label this interim to keep Lockheed Martin from suing.

We also need to keep an eye on Bombardier vs Boeing to see if that is resolved to get a better idea of how this might play out.

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